Track and Field

My excellent adventure: The World Relays, my take on this great concept

Written by Larry Eder, RunBlogRun.

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The World Relays are a success in the first year. This is a no-brainer. But, kind reader, why should the sport embrace this type of event? How do we grow the sport back into the splendor of old with the view from a changed world? Here are some modest suggestions! 

It is Monday morning, and the clouds are out. The World Relays are over and I feel like I have been three Keith Richards binge. What I mean by that, is even thought I no longer consume alcohol, the long hours, the busy days and nights catch up. So, after one more column today, I am shutting down the computer for a bit, going to the beach and reading poorly translated Chinese science fiction with a political twist. 

The World Relays to me, were a great success. Here is why:

Stacked 5000m headed by Alamirew, Soi, Lagat and True heading for Eugene – IAAF Diamond League

Written by IAAF.

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The fastest young talents in a decade are ready to challenge a 28-year-old defending champion and 39-year-old world champion at the Prefontaine Classic, an IAAF Diamond League meeting, over 5000m on 31 May.

The landmark 40th Pre Classic at historic Hayward Field, which later in the summer will stage the IAAF World Junior Championships, and the 5000m – the event in which meeting namesake Steve Prefontaine was famous for running at a feverish pace from the start – will have one of the best ever fields assembled in a US race over the distance.

In the prime of their careers are Ethiopia’s Yenew Alamirew and Kenya’s Edwin Soi.

Alamirew will be 24 on race day, and won the IAAF Diamond League race in Shanghai on Sunday in 13:04.83. 

Soi, 28, earned the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and won last year’s Pre Classic 5000m.

HOKA ONE ONE® Adds More Elite Track & Field Athletes to Team Roster

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Richmond, CA (May 5, 2014)HOKA ONE ONE®,a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation(NYSE : DECK), is pleased to announce the brand has added two top Track & Field athletes to its expanding team of elite runners – 2013 US World Team member and three-time All American in the Steeple Chase, De’Sean Turner, and 2014 UK Indoor National 1,500 Meter Champion and two-time NCAA Mile winner, Lee Emanuel.

Emanuel is originally from Hastings, England and emerged as a standout cross-country runner during his time at the University of New Mexico.  Emanuel is a two-time NCAA Mile Champion, 1500-meter Bronze Medalist, and two-time All American (Mile, 1500m).  This spring he became the UK Indoor National 1500-meter Champion. Emanuel is currently a member of the New York New Jersey Track Club.

“It's an honor to team up with such an exciting and innovative company who understand running and runners needs as the company is headed by runners themselves,” said Emanuel.

USATF and NIKE Inc. sign long-term partnership

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INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field (USATF) and NIKE, Inc. on Tuesday announced an expansion of their partnership that will significantly increase support of USATF programs, athletes and competitive groups.

 The new partnership marks an ongoing commitment from NIKE to the sport in a sponsorship that extends from 2017 through 2040.  The long-term partnership significantly increases the overall support for Track & Field for athletes throughout the United States.

“This new deal is a game-changer for the sport and what USATF will be able to offer all of our constituents,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel.  “In working together with NIKE, we placed an emphasis on growth as well as scope, so we can broaden the level and breadth of support for all USATF programs.  NIKE’s support for USA Track & Field and the sport as a whole is unmatched, and we look forward to this new era of collaboration.”

Team USA ready for 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships

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SOPOT, Poland — Team USA, led by captains Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) and Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas), is poised and ready for the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 7-9, at Ergo Arena in Sopot, Poland.

2014 U.S. women’s high jump champion Inika McPherson (Houston, Texas) will be the first athlete competing for Team USA in the qualifying round of the women’s high jump to open competition. The event begins at 10 a.m. CET/4 a.m. ET.

The first event on the track in the morning session is the heats of the women’s 400 meters. Both Francena McCorory (Hampton, Va.) and Joanna Atkins (Minneloa, Fla.) will look to advance out of their heats beginning at 10:05 a.m. CET/4:05 a.m. ET. McCorory took home the U.S. indoor title with a world-leading 50.85.